The Universal Orlando Resort is a continuously evolving experience, with something new always around the corner. If you have been following Orlando Theme Park News for some time, you will remember that one of our very reliable source have confirmed to us that Twister (an attraction located in the New York City backlot area of Universal Studios Florida) will soon close for good. Our source just gave us three different possibilities for a replacement.


Before we start discussing this particular matter, we would like to point out that all the information that you will read has to be classified under "RUMORS." Anything not yet officially confirmed by the Universal Orlando Resort may or may not happen, as plans change continuously (and, sometimes, rumors may be wrong. We are all humans, after all).

Our very reliable source told us that one of these three concepts will be used for the replacement of Twister (be sure to note that only one will be realized). We have listed them from the most likely to option to the least likely. You will be surprised by some of these options (especially the last one):

1) A "Tonight show with Jimmy Fallon experience."
This is definitely the most likely option, as multiple other sources have mentioned it, even on other sites. This would be an interactive show that would be very similar to the actual show starring Jimmy Fallon, even though it would likely not involve a real, working studio (it would just be an attraction). As popular as Jimmy Fallon might be, we wonder how long such an attraction could last.

2) A second Despicable Me-themed ride.
Our source indicated that this could be under consideration, stating that "Universal put out the trailer for a new minion movie. So my guess is for a minion ride, set to the new movie. The timeline works perfectly as the movie is expected July next year." It was also mentioned that the general theme could be Super Silly Fun Land, like the area present at Universal Studios Hollywood, without the carnival ride, of course (Universal Studios Florida already has a version of the spinner in Springfield).

While this could make sense, thanks to the vicinity of the "Despicable Me - Minion Mayhem" ride, we find this hard to believe. Personally, we think that it would be best to maintain all rides and attractions of the same theme very close to each other, to create mini-lands. This means that it would sound much more credible it this were the replacement for Shrek 4-D, the tired show located next to Minion Mayhem. Also, how would a Super Silly Fun Land theme work with the nearby New York City sets? At least, Twister somewhat worked with the theme of the rest of the land.

3) A new SpongeBob ride or themed experience.
This is definitely the hardest to believe. There is no way a SpongeBob attraction could fit thematically in that location, even though there are other areas that could use a similar concept. In fact, remember that the nearby KidZone is also rumored to be completely replaced in the next few years, and that could be a good new addition.

Keep in mind that the two projects that will NOT replace the attraction may, in fact, show up in other themed lands in the future. That being said, we really think that the Jimmy Fallon experience will indeed be the replacement for Twister. Our source indicated that Universal is aiming to open the new ride/experience/show (or whatever it will be!) late 2015 or, at the latest, early 2016. What are your thoughts? 

19 Comment(s):

Unkle Tuna said...

None of these seem overly exciting, but the minions are popular and hilarious so it would work. That would get my vote. As funny as Fallon is and he is very funny, I see this as a 1 time experience that will get little to no repeat business.

parker4fm said...

None of those are a good fit. Hopefully Universal creative can do better.

Don said...

In the Minions trailer we see, at the end, they arrive in New York where the movie seems to place it's search for a new villain. That could be a completely new attraction and at best a darkride, something the park is missing. Of course the space is cramp but what if the ride would incorporate a studio on the backlot?

As an international guest I'm not caring for Fallon and SpongeBob would be very much out of place.

Why not a year round Rockettes - The Radio City Music Hall experience. Every season has it's own theme like Chrismas, Winter, Spring/easter, Summer, Autumn/Halloween. Add a meet and greet between shows.

Anonymous said...

I really wish there would be some more details of that Fallon experience. Would it be a theater show with Fallon on a movie screen?

Either way, all three of these sound terrible so I hope these are decoys for the real plan.

Anonymous said...

Ghost Busters!!! It is the Anniversary and they are releasing a new film/.

Anonymous said...

Another physical/mechanical SFX attraction gives way to sim and screen.

And yeah, I really want to go to Uni and watch a late night talk show. Not.

Anonymous said...

"None of the above" seems to be the best option. I like them too, but one Minions attraction is enough.

Love the Ghostbuster's idea. Hopefully they're just trying to make us look at the left hand of ideas while the actual item being built is in the right.

Anonymous said...

I would prefer they left Twister in these other alternatives seem rather lame.

Anonymous said...

I'd like to see a version of the Light! Camera! Action! show from Universal Singapore brought over. I think it could work with the Hollywood theme of the area with the bowl stage and Hollywood Rip Ride Rocket.

I am really liking the "Jimmy Fallon" concept idea.

Anonymous said...

"Tonight show with Jimmy Fallon experience" is the worst idea for a theme park attraction in the history of theme park attractions. Just keep Twister if that's all you've got.

Anonymous said...

I would love for them to bring in the Lights camera action version from Singapore. Its a hurricane in nyc theme. If not I hope they keep Twister!

Claire said...

Who is Jimmy Fallon? Not very enticing for us tourists... #UK Who said Ghostbusters? Now that I like!

Anonymous said...

Though this seems unlikely, maybe they should do "Danny Phantom 4-D" (despite the franchise cancellation) which is very similar to "Michael Jackson's Ghosts 3D" and the defunct Ghostbusters Spooktacular" very soon...

Anonymous said...

All are a very bad idea. 1 you don't need two of the same ride. 2. Jimmy Fallon....really, did Universal not learn anything from Disney and the disaster that was American Idol. 3. No one care about Sponge Bob Anymore.

Anonymous said...

Pretty sure Spongebob is still a HUGE franchise that has a new movie coming out soon.

Anonymous said...

Battleship the Experience!!

Anonymous said...

Would love it if the entire area was themed as Super silly funland (maybe Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit could be the rollercoaster form the 1st movie??)
The songs in HRRR are tired anyway... And the "choose your soundtrack" feature has long lost the appeal...

As a big hit in the uk and in USA a Mr Bean attraction would be good.

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